While it's fresh in my head, here's an approximation of the prayer I offered this morning at Glide (the awesome, fun, truly inclusive place where I go and sing):
Good morning, Glide.
Thank you, God, for showing us hatred. For showing us that angry and hateful thoughts and words can all too easily lead to deadly violence. Our hearts and prayers are with the families of Norway. Thank you for showing us that hatred has no face, no skin tone, no religion, no political affiliation. Hate simply happens when someone thinks so certainly that they've got it right that they decide it's okay to take away the rights of others. To dehumanize them. To kill them.
Thank you for showing us addiction, how it can destroy people and families. Years ago, I lost my father to addiction. Yesterday, a family in the UK lost their daughter. Our hearts and prayers are with her family and every family experiencing that loss.
Thank you for letting us feel whatever we feel in the face of these tragedies. Fear, sadness, anger. Thank you for letting us know that, in the face of all of this, we really can still choose love.
Thanks for a place like Glide, where we get to gather and go through these things together. Thank you for a place where the only rule is unconditional love and acceptance, for all of us, in all our failures and glories. May you lift our voices today in celebration and praise.
Will everyone who wants to sing and dance and celebrate with me today join me in saying: Amen. Hallelujah. Right On. Shalom. Salaam. Namaste.